Israel’s Flag Football Teams Fall Short at World Championships

The men’s squad did manage to reach the quarterfinals. However, they met their match in Mexico, falling 52-19

Inter Aliyah poses for a photo.
Fabiana Kocubey

Israel’s flag football teams fall short at world championships 

Israel failed to break through to the medal round at the Flag Football World Championships in a tournament dominated by teams from North America in Panama this past weekend. The men’s squad did manage to reach the quarterfinals. However, they met their match in Mexico, falling 52-19. Mexico, in turn, lost in the semifinals to Austria, which was defeated by gold-medal winner Team USA, 19-13. The women’s squad didn’t even make it out of the group stage. That failure wasn’t a total surprise, given that they were pooled with three of the world’s top five teams, including eventual champion Team USA. 

Immigrant soccer team reaches out to Diaspora with crowdfunding campaign

Aliyah Club, the nonprofit behind Israel’s first all-immigrant soccer team playing in the Israeli National League, has launched a crowdfunding campaign. “Our potential fan base extends to communities throughout the world. We have 15 different countries represented in the team,” Ricardo Horvath, Aliyah Club’s founder and CEO, told Haaretz. “So instead of getting a few sponsors, we’ve decided to reach out to fans in the Diaspora and engage them.” The club has raised $30,000 so far out of a goal of $100,000, which the team plans to use over the next two years to pay for its coaching staff as well as training and playing facilities. Currently in the bottom tier C-League of Israel’s professional soccer league system, the objective of the team, Inter Aliyah, is to earn a promotion to the B-League within the next two seasons. The link to the crowd-funding site is holes.in/supportinter.

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